Ramping up for Fall Quarter 2017
The flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey has occupied much of our attention this week. We have so many students, alumni, friends and families who are dealing with the devastating impacts of the storm in South Texas and South Louisiana. We tried to make contact with our students in those areas to let them know that we would house them on campus if they could get here, and quite a few were able to do so. We will be continuing to monitor that this week-end and next week and will do what we can to support those in need. It is clear that we will all need to provide support to those communities as they recover and rebuild.
This week, we were working around the weather to finish up several projects that needed to be completed for the Fall Quarter. New residential facilities were the top priority and four of those residential units were ready as students came in for Dog Haul on Friday. Also on Friday, we dedicated the new Pressbox and Suites at Joe Aillet Stadium. It is a magnificent facility that was constructed within a most ambitious time schedule. We also finished the renovations of the Student Center Food Court (a new name is coming soon) and staff are cleaning and prepping for service next week. We also got bumpers and striping on some major new parking lots so they could be used, but we still have more to do to finish those. And there were several other smaller projects that continued to progress towards completion. Our team has done an incredible job of completing so many great additions to our campus in such a short period of time. I am confident that our students and faculty will welcome all of the changes.
There were some other special activities this week. On Monday, I was honored to present legendary English professor Pat Garrett with the Professor Emeritus distinction for his strong leadership, teaching and publications over 35 years of service at Tech. I was also invited to speak at the Bossier Chamber of Commerce focus on Education event at the new Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. Later, I enjoyed meeting with our Residential Life staff who were preparing for their important roles in supporting our students in residential facilities.
Here are a few of my favorite pics for the week: